Helping Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Find Employment: What Do Parents Want to Know?
If you've moved from fighting for school inclusion for your child with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fighting for workplace inclusion, tell me what kind of resource you wish existed and what you'd find useful. I'd like to put together something to help my kids and yours, and this is sort of an exploratory beginning.—Terri Mauro,
What would you like to see on a site/resource for parents about employment for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
Tips from other parents
Tips from employment professionals
Tips from employers
Interviews with employers
Interviews with employment professionals
Message board for parents to communicate with each other
Database of places where users' kids have successfully found employment
Database of places where users' kids have been unsuccessful in finding employment
Database of places where users' kids have been hired but not accommodated and lost the job
Information on getting government help with employment
Information on private job services for people with disabilities
Coordination of efforts to advocate for better opportunities
If you are interested in interviews with employers and employment professionals, how would you like them presented?
What level of involvement would you like to have with such a site? (Theoretical, no commitment)
Visiting and getting information
Sharing information from my family's experience
Sharing professional experience
Helping plan and execute site content
Providing technical assistance
Share a little, if you like, about your young person's current employment situation.
What have been your biggest successes in employment-seeking for your young person?
What have been your biggest failures and frustrations?
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